Remembering curiosity…

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Prayer

Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their curiosity.

We give thanks for their exploring, poking, tasting, getting up really close for a good look.

May we create pathways which encourage children’s curiosity and discovery. May we also remember how to be curious about the world around us and all that is in it.

May we not be satisfied with easy answers or rushed responses.

May we always want to know more, to come up really close for a good look at your love for us.

We pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen

Practising Curiosity

Take a ten minute walk around your neighbourhood sometime today. Put on the eyes of a child as though you are seeing things for the first time. What makes you curious? What raises questions for you and makes you want to know more about your neighbours wellbeing and the health of your community?

Reflect on Scripture

Read the short passage below slowly, slowly, slowly, letting the words sink in and letting the images fill you, then sit quietly for a moment or two.

Hold a wondering space within you – I wonder what Spirit might be saying to me today?

It might be that as you read, a word or phrase catches your attention, or perhaps a word returns and stays with you as you sit quietly at the end. Take this word or phrase into the day with you and listen for the ways it offers connections in your living.

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.

 Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’  When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 

Exodus 3:1-4 NRSV

Poem Prayer

“How are you?” is a good question
to connect with someone’s inner experience.
Make sure you ask it of yourself.

Take it seriously, and also leave it behind.
You live in a world that is bigger than you,
greater than how you’re doing.

Once you’ve asked it,
ask what God is doing.
It will take more thought,

more wonder, more trust.
It might take a whole day watching
to begin to see.

Even amid gloom and disaster,
in the face of injustice and suffering,
God is doing something.

What? Wonder. Look. Be curious.
Spend your day like this
and how you’re doing will change.


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Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light

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